Rich Hill

2014 NR 1h 33m DVD

Rich Hill

2014 NR 1h 33m DVD
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Two filmmaker cousins return to their decaying hometown of Rich Hill, Mo., to film this affecting documentary about the lives of three local boys. Each of the youngsters reveals his hopes and dreams amid a landscape of poverty and desperation.
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Rich Hill is a grim, unflinching, yet empathetic look at three boys living in poverty in a small Missouri town. The kids come from varied backgrounds, but they all face similar challenges, largely as the result of unstable family and financial conditions. Some of them are very angry about the hand that's been dealt to them, and they sometimes react violently, triggering fights that mostly take place off screen. Expect plenty of swearing, including kids who use "f--k" and other profanity, as well as a lot of smoking by both teens and adults. There's also drinking by adults and references to child molestation.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Some of the young people in this documentary harbor deep reserves of anger that sometimes erupt in loud, expletive-laden arguments and physical confrontations, though the fights take place off screen and are later discussed on screen. One character's mother is in prison for a violent crime, and he's shown messing with knives. Child molestation plays a key role in one storyline and is often discussed in general terms, though without any specific/graphic details.


Adults, as well as teens and tweens, swear frequently, including "s--t," "f--k," and "ass," as well as phrases like "shut up."

Social Behavior

The featured families face a near-constant uphill battle that often leaves them demoralized and defeated.


Several well-known fast-food chains and consumer products are seen or mentioned as the cameras capture the subjects' lives, including Pizza Hut, Dr. Pepper, Monster Energy Drink, Burger King, and Wal-Mart.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Many of the people in this documentary smoke throughout the film, including several teens and tweens, who often smoke cigarettes at home with their families. A few scenes feature adults drinking beer. One parent appears to be dependent on sleeping pills (and is later felled by an overdose that's described but not seen).

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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